The Australian dairy crisis over the past 18 months has hit Cohuna, a predominately dairying community in northern Victoria, particularly hard. Farming families, local businesses and the industry have all experienced tough financial and therefore stressful times. Northern District Community Health responded to this by planning a fun and social ladies night out, reaching out to Jean Hailes to be involved. The event aimed to bring local women together whilst learning about relevant health information. Jean Hailes was proud to be involved in this hugely successful community event of over 120 women, with thanks to the Eirene Lucas Foundation.
The event took a positive, celebratory approach to midlife, with a presentation from Jean Hailes representative Dr Margreet Stegeman, backed by health screening updates from a local GP. The women also had lucky door prizes, pop-up information stalls, women's health show bags and supper supplied by the local school community.
Other organisations involved included: the Murray Primary Health Network, Kerang District Health, Southern Mallee Primary Care Partnership, Cohuna District Hospital, Murray Dairy, Gannawarra Shire Council, Mallee Family Care, Mallee District Aboriginal Services and Victoria Police.